I saw Thelma & Louise in 1991 when I was 24 years old. I remember appreciating the Southern Utah landscape as I lived in Salt Lake City at the time. I insisted that my best friend watch it too because it was us; her and I! My huge take-away from the movie was the commitment between two people, two best friends who loved each other so much as to support each other until the very end. I was shocked that a Hollywood movie actually ended the way Thelma & Louise ended…by dying. I LOVED IT! I knew in that moment as they sped towards the cliff and then actually went over together, that I had the same commitment with my bestie, Wendy. I would go over the edge with her too because that’s what friends do. Love is Love!
I saw “Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise” at the Napa Film Festival. It won my personal “best in show” award. It’s a smart, insightful and high-quality documentary that explores what’s become — 25+ years after the making of T+L — the timely topic of sexual harassment and male abuse of females. One leaves with the impression that not a whole has changed over the years … which makes this film all the more important. I highly recommend “Catching Sight” to all. Kudos to Jennifer Townsend for making this movie and to her subjects for their openness, honesty and willingness to share their pain on screen.
The parallel relationships between Thelma and Louise and Butch and Sundance – with that final scene from Butch Cassidy was masterfully edited. I thought it worked really well. It ‘landed’ that our culture has such a marginal view of women, especially in film and media.
I appreciated how you referenced scenes from the movie as a reminder. It really took me ‘there’ and to my own memories of the movie as I listened to the discussion so I felt included. The editing felt integrated and seamless. Nice!
I stayed engaged with the commentary throughout, never felt lost and definitely felt it took the time to say what everyone needed to say without belaboring any given point.
It is an excellent documentary about the impact T&L made on its viewers 25 years ago and today, and yes, about sexual harassment. This screening couldn’t have been more timely. So yes, #MeToo; I have experienced sexual harassment, as I think most women have. I loved what the director, Jennifer Townsend, said: “I want to change the dialogue from #MeToo to #NoMore.” By the way, she is 78 years old and this was the first film she’s made. Thank you, Jennifer, for being a huge inspiration!